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La Vela

Cucina Italiana
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  • Italian
  • 373 Amsterdam Ave, New York NY10024 40.782195 -73.978602
  • (Btwn 77th & 78th St)
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  • (212) 877-7818
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User Ratings (Based on 62 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 3.9
Service 3.8 Atmosphere 3.7

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 877-7818
(212) 875-0247
Place Order:
Order From La Vela for delivery & takeout
Delivery Take Out Visa, MC, AmEx
Daily: 11:30am-12am
Lunch, Dinner
Group Dining, Outdoor Dining, Delivery, Online Ordering, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out
Min Delivery:
Delivery Area:
64th to 96th St Riverside Dr to CPW

User Reviews

  • La Vela

    Posted by Johnny on 07/25/2011

    delivery issues

    If it's cold overcooked pasta you seek, this is the place to order from! If you're looking to wait a long time so your hunger and anticipation grows - just to be dissappointed by food when it finally arrives - this is the place for you. my pasta had no sauce so I called & asked for some. they said they'd send it but they actually called me during my 25 minute wait for sauce to tell me that their server claimed my pasta did, in fact, have sauce. my invitation to them to come over & see for themselves was refused. when the sauce arrived, it may as well have been ketchup. The single worst delivery experience ever, With so many good Italian restaurants in town, eating La Vela's food is just foolish.

  • La Vela

    Posted by Bruce on 05/11/2011

    Highly recommended

    Great atmosphere and delicious food but we had an inexperienced waitress that never noticed our empty drink glasses. I finally went up to the bar myself to get them. In all fairness, she appeared to have too many tables and to have been a little inexperienced. We will go back because we both enjoyed our meals.

  • La Vela

    Posted by pirella on 03/21/2011

    Great place

    I came with my sister for a quiet dinner. The waiter was very charming and attentive. I had the clams with linguine. It was excellent. My sister had the Carpaccio Di Manzo with Broccoli Rabe. Delightful.Will be back soon

  • La Vela

    Posted by CKSWarriorQueen on 03/15/2011


    We had an amazing, memorable meal here....grilled veggies, fresh fettuccine w/baby artichokes, prosciutto, tomatoes, and cream, and saltimbocca, with a lovely bottle of Montepulciano. Double espresso, warm apple tart with ice cream & chocolate sauce (thus covering all the necessary dessert food groups!), and grappa. A short but comprehensive wine list, especially if you know what you like--wonderful, fresh ingredients, beautifully cooked and plated. We really can't wait to return!

  • La Vela

    Posted by UWsider on 02/23/2011

    You will never fail...EVER

    I have been coming to La Vela for a long time..no- a LONG, long time (5 yrs). Here is the kick....as time goes by you get the amazing food (as always) but the service and portion size increases...regardless of the economy...they deliver EVERY time. No small feat. Great food, great wine and family friendly. Will not go anywhere else ever.

  • La Vela

    Posted by Jenna on 11/10/2010

    Great service!

    My friend was in for the NYC marathon and we were looking for some pre-race pasta. La Vela hosts a team of German runners the night before the race, however they offered for us to sit at the bar, which was inviting after a long day at the Expo. The wait staff was excellent, very accommodating and upbeat which was great the night before a big race. Food was even better! I though the calamari was excellent. Special pasta dish was fresh, and they have a selection of fresh pasta. Definitely recommend to anyone wanting great Italian food! I would also go back pre-marathon!

  • La Vela

    Posted by nyceater on 10/28/2010

    Totally Mediocre

    Mediocre in every way. I wasn't one of the reviewers getting delivery, or one of the many out of towners -- just a regular New Yorker looking for a good Italian meal. Sadly, the wine by the glass was among the worst I have ever had in NYC, but the food was decent, totally edible, without being exceptional. The service was good, but that doesn't make up for food that wasn't special in any way in a city with an Italian restaurant every few blocks. I won't be going back anytime soon.

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